Student Sport Ireland Volleyball wins for Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University

March 22, 2016  |  News  |  Share

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Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University triumph at SSI Volleyball finals

The men of Trinity College Dublin and the women of Maynooth University were crowned the kings and queens of the 3rd level college’s volleyball leagues last week at the Student Sport Ireland volleyball league finals hosted by UCC in the Mardyke Arena.

The action got underway with the semi-final of the men’s competition as the home side University College Cork took on an Athlone IT side that included some Irish international standard players. In what was a very exciting and close encounter with Athlone IT just holding the upper hand and they secured a final spot with a 25-17, 25-19 win, to set up a final with Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity set out the stall early in the final with some fantastic serving, passing and digging being pulled out by both sides in a really exciting opening set. Trinity would win the opening set 25-22 but were pushed all the way. Momentum was in the corner of Trinity and their team really stepped up through the gears moving into a strong lead in the second set. While Athlone It did battle with all their might it was to be Trinity’s day as they sealed the contest with a 25-19 win in the second set.

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In between those two games a fantastic Women’s final took place as Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin met. Trinity were hoping to set up the first leg of a double success on the day but were met with a very strong Maynooth University side. Maynooth opened very well in this contest and looked well drilled on their plan for the game and it was a fruitful plan as they captured the first set 25-18. Trinity however looked to be improving the longer the game went on and they were the early leaders in the second set and indeed carried this lead close to the end of the set also. However crucial timeouts for Maynooth and a fantastic late run of serves saw Maynooth pip Trinity 26-24 in the second set and this was enough for Maynooth to be crowned Student Sport Ireland Women’s Volleyball league winners for 2016.

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